Information Technology and Universities in Asia

ITUA 2002

April 3-5, 2002
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Organized by
The Faculty Senate

and Asia CALL Association (CALL Asia)

News and Announcements (Feb. 19, 2002)

News and Announcements (March 15, 2002)

Conference Program (PDF file)

NEW!! Book of Abstracts (PDF Files and MS Word File)

The PDF files consist of five separate files.

File One, File Two, File Three, File Four, File Five


(Word 97)
(Adobe PDF)

Please note that the submission deadline is now extended to Feb. 15, 2002.

*Words in this color denotes new information as of Jan. 14, 2002.*

*Words in this color denotes new informaiton as of March 1, 2002*


  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Plenary Speakers
  • Conference Format
  • Publication
  • Venue
  • Registration
  • Accommodation
  • Campus Map
  • Contact

  • Introduction

    The current globalization that is sweeping over the globe has brought profound changes in many aspects of society. The roles of universities in a society is also not spared by the globalizing tide. Universities all over the world are experiencing the need to adapt and transform themselves due to the effects of globalization. Due to the nature of globalization that opens up national borders and greatly increases the flows of knowledge, ideas and information across virtually every part of the world, the university, as a traditional producer of knowledge and its agent in transmission to the next generation, stands to be affected a great deal. Moreover, the increased flows of knowledge and ideas mean that universities in one part of the world need to transform themselves rapidly and radically in order to survive as well as to function effectively in strengthening its traditional missions.

    One of the most salient aspects of globalization is the explosion of the use of information and communication technologies, most notably the Internet. As a very powerful tool of communication, the Internet has been an engine of globalization, greatly accelerating the speed of the information flow. Hence, as producers and transmitters of knowledge and information, universities naturally consider the Internet to be a very powerful and indispensable tool toward its mission of research and teaching. In fact the university was the traditional home of the Internet before the latter's inroad into the commercial world nowadays.

    The accelerated pace of the flow of knowledge and ideas also means that universities in Asia would need to consider how they are to transform themselves in order best to respond to globalization and to strengthen the societies and economies in which they are a part. It is well known that the flow of information and ideas is currently uneven. Mostly the flow originates from the West and the other regions of the world have been more as recipients rather than creators of new ideas and information. Thus, if universities in Asian societies are to fulfil their mission toward their own societies, a sustained consideration of how Asian universities should transform themselves has become essential. Furthermore, as the information and communication technologies has become indispensable in research and teaching, the role of these technologies in facilitating the universities in their mission of serving their societies should indeed be seriously considered.

    Therefore, it is proposed that an international conference on "Information Technology and the University in Asia" be held in order to provide answers and solutions to the problems alluded to above. The conference will be organized by the Faculty Senate of Chulalongkorn University, and will gather academicians, teachers, administrators, researchers and others who are concerned with the challenges of globalization for universities in Asia in order to exchange research results and viewpoints on how universities fulfil their mission of research and teaching that best serve their respective societies as well as the world at large. [Back]


    1. To collect research findings and well considered viewpoints on how best to utilize the information and communication technologies in order to strengthen the universities in Asia in their mission of research, teaching, and service.
    2. To act as a forum where researchers in this field can meet so as to be a catalyst for further networking and collaboration.
    3. To produce a set of recommendations and strategies on how to maximize the potential of information and communication technologies which will be submitted to policy makers and university administrators in the region for consideration of eventual adoption and implementation. [Back]

    Plenary Speakers

    Prof. Charas Suwanwela, Chair of the Chulalongkorn University Council and former president of Chulalongkorn University.

    Prof. Susantha Goonatilake, Author among others of Toward a Global Science: Mining Civilization Knowledge and Merged Evolution: The Long Term Implications of Information Technology and Biotechnology.

    Prof. Charles Ess, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center, Drury University and editor of Culture, Technology & Communication and Philosophical Perspectives of Computer-Mediated Communication.

    Prof. Kyung-ja Park, Chairman of the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics and Specialist of Language Teleconferencing LAB Projects between Korea University and Waseda University (Japan).

    Prof. Stephen Carey, Department of Linguistic and Literary Education, University of British Columbia and President of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics.

    Prof. Larry D. Chong, English Language Program, Kyongju University and President of the Asia CALL Association.


    Conference Format

    The conference will consist of invited keynote lectures and a number of submitted presentations. The invited lectures will last for 90 minutes and each of the presentation together with questions and discussions will last for 30 minutes.



    Chulalongkorn Univeristy Press has generously agreed to publish a volume containing selected papers from the Conference. Participants whose papers are selected are requested to submit their full papers around three months after the conference has concluded for inclusion in the volume.[Back]

    Conference Venue

    Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. [Back]


     Postmarked on or before February 28, 2002

    100 US dollars

     Beginning March 1, 2002

    120 US dollars

    The registration covers the conference material, lunches and tea/coffee breaks and the conference dinner. Preparations are being made to facilitate payment by credit card. But right now please fill the following form (the same form in Word 97 and PDF formats), and mail it together with a bank draft or certified check, payable to ITUA 2002, to the contact address below.

    For local participants the fee structure is as follows:

    Postmarked on or before February 28, 2002

    1,500 Baht

    Beginning March 1, 2002

    1,800 Baht

    Local participants are expected to be subsidized by the Ministry of University Affairs.

    Please check's Universal Currency Converter for your currency conversion needs.



    A limited number of rooms have been booked at the Vidhayanives House on campus. The rate is around 14 US dollars a night (600 Thai Baht). Rooms contain a small fridge, a TV set and is air-conditioned. When you register, please indicate whether you would like to stay here and for how many nights so that we can arrange this for you. You have to pay for the room directly at the front desk of the Housing. Phone and Fax +66-2-218-3010.

    An alternative is the Sasa International House, which is next door to the Vidhayanives. A bit more pricey (around 1,000 baht per person), but should be more comfortable. Please contact them directly at Phone +66-2-216-8844; Fax. +66-2-215-3880.

    For on campus housing, see the Feb. 19 announcement file for more information.

    Those who would like to stay off campus might want to contact the following hotels and guest houses:

    The Novotel, Siam Square

    Siam Square Soi 6
    BANGKOK 10330
    Tel : +66-2-255-6888
    Fax : +66-2-255-1824
    E-mail :

    The Pathumwan Princess Hotel

    444 Phyathai Road
    Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
    Tel. +66-2-216-3700; Fax +66-2-216-3730

    The Pan Pacific Hotel

    952 Rama IV Road
    Bangkok 10500
    Tel. +66-2-632-9000; Fax +66-2-632-9001

    Mandarin Hotel

    662 Rama IV Road
    Bangkok 10330
    Tel: +66-2-238-0230
    Fax: +66-2-237-1620

    (We have made a special deal with Mandarin. Rates for ITUA participants are only 1,100 baht a night [800 baht for Thais]. Please mention that you will be attending ITUA 2002 to qualify for the special rates. Rooms also include breakfast.)

    Krit Thai Mansion

    931/1 soi kasemusun
    Bangkok 10330
    Tel: +66-2-215-3042
    Fax: +66-2-216-2241



    Campus Map

    Click here to find a graphic file showing the map of the campus plus the location of all the accommodation mentioned in this website. Here is a more detailed campus map.



    Soraj Hongladarom
    Faculty Senate
    Chulalongkorn University
    Bangkok 10330
    Tel. +66-2-218-7024; Fax.
    +66-2-218-4755 or +66-2-218-7036


    Last updated April 29, 2003